Last friday we were invited over to another maldivian family's place to celebrate their daughter's 5th bday. Maldivian or rather a typical maldivian kids parties consist of quite a number of finger snacks both sweet and savoury. Most of these snacks are also made during ramadann for the breaking of fast and also in local cafe's back home which are served with tea.
What we didnt expect was a packed house. Went there to catch up with the latest gossips from back home but was greeted by a house packed , and i do mean literally , with people!!!.
Anyway back to the food. the grandmother didnt disappoint us, she made 10 varieties of snacks!!!!. Unfortunately I didnt take my camera, but I did get a 7 out of the 10 varieties to bring home.
Some of them I need to find te recipes and have already requested that I want to come over and learn how to make them hehe.
First the savoury, all of them are made of tuna fish, mixed with onions, chillies and lime juice.
First up rolls, these were filled with a slightly spicey fish mixture , wrapped in a flour dough and fried. My mum used to bake these.
Next up is cutlets and bajiya ( maldivian equivalent to the indian samosa) which is filled with a sweet and spicy onion and fish mixture.
Last but not the least, boakibaa, a spicy fish cake made with coconut , tuna fish( either can or smoked) onions, lime juice, chillis, curry leaves and baked. The white cubes with onion sprinkled on top is known as foni boakibaa , a sweet snack unfortunately I am not sure whats in it , will find out the recipes and post soon.
Finally Kaamaranga, I have seen something that looks very similar to this in a mexican recipe book I think it was churros . The colourful balls are called coconut balls, we used to see those a lot when I was little and attending parties at cousins houses back home and they are quite addictive and very pretty with all the colours , its simply sugar , and fresh coconut,with food colouring. although i did get a hint of rose water .
There were a few more varieties , so I have to say Hats off to the grandmother cos she probably did most of the work hehe and to do all those mini pastries and balls and chopping and everything. ........... over all the food was great it was just trying to reach the table and if i did reach there and came back to find my seat gone to some else. :D
So hope you all are having a great week , am down with a heavy cold and sneezing away, I must be in really bad shape cos hubby even brough flowers?!?!?! These things dont happen normally, hehehe.